The battle royale genre isn’t short on titles, with several developers trying to take advantage of the genre’s hype these days. Most recent studio wanting in is Alienation and Nex Machina’s developer, Housemarque. During Gamescom 2018, the studio announced their upcoming title, Stormdivers.
Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen previously mentioned his intention to take the studio away from the arcade-y titles for a while and try out new things. A decision that Nex Machina’s under-performing sales and the development team’s willingness to explore new areas in gaming after “carrying the torch for arcade” for more than 20 years. Kuittinen was excited for the announcement and discussed Stormdivers’ post-launch content update plans.
With Stormdivers we are entering new grounds as a studio that for over 20 years has been known for creating arcade coin-op inspired games. We began its development when battle royale was still a niche gameplay mode, yet despite the number of BR games on the market now, Stormdivers will excite players with its fast-paced gameplay, metagame, classes and various events, all packaged with Housemarque’s trademark high-quality visual effects. Stormdivers is more than just another battle royale game, and we plan to roll out new content regularly in the future to continuously expand the experience. We invite everyone to check out the trailer to see what we have in store!
Here is a brief background on the game’s setting and main features, mostly what every battle royale game has.
Stormdivers, a rare breed of special operators, descend on an abandoned island where a dangerous nano-experiment-gone-wrong has created a permanent artificial storm system that devours everything in sight.
Daring teams and solo operators who are brave enough to dive into the eye of the recurring nano storm are trying not only to survive the competition but also the island itself, with endless threats looming around every corner.
Those who can master speed, surprise and take the high ground will reap the benefits of exotic loot.
Developed in Unreal Engine and backed by Amazon GameLift, Steam, Stormdivers is planned to expand with other modes and content including PvE co-op missions, new playable areas, classes and more.
For now, Stormdivers is planned for a 2019 release on PC, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. Check out the game’s announcement trailer below.